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In February of 2012, at the age of 9, Izabella was referred to the Lunch Buddy program by Izabella’s school counselor and her fourth grade teacher. They both saw a little girl that was struggling socially, academically, and personally. In her home life, she was missing a maternal figure and consistency, as her mother was incarcerated and her father was in and out of her life. Both her teacher and the counselor felt that Izabella needed to know that someone else in the world cared about her, her well-being, and her progress. She needed someone that would be there for her through all of her ups and downs.

Jo and Izabella were matched in October of 2012 and quickly formed a sincere and genuine bond that blossomed into a solid friendship. The match transferred from the Lunch Buddy program to the Community program in August of 2013 and they have been inseparable ever since. Jo stated, "I wouldn't have believed a lunch buddy match could have turned into something like this. I didn’t think I would be someone’s big sister after the Lunch Buddy Program, I felt I was too old to be someone’s big sister however; I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

The duo spends time together on a weekly basis participating in a range of activities that range from having lunch, attending church together, going to the movies, and even attending rock concerts. Izabella confides in Jo and often expresses how much she loves her.

Izabella now talks about the future and plans to graduate high school and start college. With a smile she says, “And I know that Ms. Jo will be right there cheering me on.”

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